Tuesday, September 01, 2015
CAPTAIN Horace Burrell, president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), is asking for the Order of Merit (OM), the nation’s fourthhighest honour, to be bestowed on athletics legend Usain St Leo Bolt following the sprinter’s exploits at the recently concluded Beijing World Championships in China.
The call was made yesterday at the launch of the 2015-2016 Red Stripe Premier League competition at the JFF headquarters in New Kingston.
|Bolt - 3 gold medals at World Games|
And, at the same time, former prime minister and current chairman of the Premier League Clubs Asociation (PLCA) Edward Seaga has called for the athletics team to be officiallly recognised as being a Brand Jamaica.
“Let me pause here to recognise the tremendous performances over there in Beijing by Jamaican athletes,” said Captain Burrell, as he addressed stakeholders in his opening remarks.
“It’s incredible, you know, sitting there, and in fact watching the performance of our athletes and listening to some of the commentators and what they had to say... when you listen to the commentators on the international circuit and the kind of respect that has been given to our athletes and by extension our country, it’s just incredible.
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“Having said that, I want to use this opportunity this morning to make a very strong recommendation to the powers that be, the Government, the governor general, or whomever, to bestow at the appropriate time the Order of Merit upon Usain St Leo Bolt. He’s deserving of it,” noted Burrell.
Bolt wracked up three gold medals in the 100m, 200m, and the 4x100m relays to lead Jamaica to second on the medals table with 12, including a record seven gold, two silver and three bronze.
Kenya were the surprise winners, also on seven gold medals, but with six silver and three bronze, while the mighty United States of America could only finish in third place with six gold, six silver and six bronze.
“Usain Bolt has to be one of the greatest Jamaicans that has lived, is living, believe me; and I believe that young man deserves all the accolades that can be bestowed upon him at this time,” added Captain Burrell. more